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Where to Go in China

Updated: 2024-04-26

With vast territory, there are many places to go in China for tourists from New Zealand and Australia. If you prefer scenic views, you can visit Avatar mountains in Zhangjiajie, rolling mountains and clear rivers in Guilin, picturesque scenery of mountains and lakes in Yunnan and beautiful water towns in Zhejiang and Jiangsu. If you like historical and cultural sites, you can climb the sections of Great Wall and visit the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square and Summer Palace in Beijing. You can also visit the Terracotta Army and Xi’an City Wall in Xi’an.


Classic Cities to Visit in China

Beijing: Capital of China, provides historical and cultural attractions like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, hutongs, etc. You can feel the long history and profound culture of China in Beijing.

The Great Wall


Xi’an: Ancient capital of six dynasties of China, boasts the Terracotta Army, Xi’an City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. In Xi’an, you can know about the history and culture of China and feel the beauty of the past dynasties.

Xi'an City Wall


Shanghai: As an international metropolis in China, you can know about the modern and traditional culture of China here. You can visit the landmark of Shanghai, Oriental Pearl Tower here. And you can also visit the Disneyland in Shanghai.



Guilin: With its typical karst landform, there are plenty of things to do in Guilin. You can visit the landmark of Guilin, the Elephant Trunk Hill. Taking the cruise on the Li River and taking a bamboo raft on the Yulong River are good things to experience. Longji Terrace is also very beautiful in spring, summer and autumn.

Longji Terrace


Chengdu: Hometown of giant pandas, you can get close to the cute giant pandas in Chengdu. In Chengdu, you can also experience the slow-paced life of the local people. Hot pot is also worth tasting in Chengdu.



Ice and Snow Destinations

Harbin: Harbin provides many beautiful and characteristic buildings to visit. And you can visit Harbin during the time of the opening of the Harbin Ice and Snow World because there are many interesting activities to experience. You can fully experience the ice and snow in Harbin in winter and the friendliness of the local people.



Changbai Mountain: Changbai Mountain is really beautiful in winter. You will have the opportunity to see the Tianchi Lake in the Changbai Mountain. Also, you can visit the spectacular waterfalls in the Changbai Mountain. There are also many wildlife in Changbai Mountain.

Changbai Mountain


Xinjiang: Xinjiang is also a good destination for ice and snow. In Kanas, you can see a white world of snow with the mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and villages covered by white snow. Xinjiang is a skiing resort in the northwest of China.



Ancient Towns and Water Towns

Fenghuang Ancient Town: Not far away from Avatar mountains in Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang Ancient Town is a good place to go if you go to the Avatar mountains in Zhangjiajie. At Fenghuang Ancient Town, you can see the traditional buildings of the minority in Hunan. It is a village that described in the book of the famous writer in China, Shen Congwen.

Fenghuang Ancient Town


Dali Ancient Town: At the Dali Old Town, you can see the beautiful view of the Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake. Also, you can see the buildings of the Dali Ancient Town. Here you can know about the history, minority, culture and religion of Dali. You can stroll around the streets of the Dali Old Town and taste the local snacks and foods here.



Zhouzhuang Water Town: Zhouzhuang Water Town is a place appeared in the textbooks of Chinese students. At Zhouzhuang Water Town, you can see the traditional residences with white walls and black tiles. Taking a boat on the rivers is also a good way to observe the water town.



Tongli Ancient Town: Tongli Ancient Town is also a good place to go in Jiangsu Province. Here you can visit gardens, temples and former residences of celebrities. There are many ancient bridges in Tongli Ancient Town. You can also know about the customs of the local people in the water town.

Tongli Water Town


Mountains, Rivers and Lakes

Zhangjaije: Zhangjiajie is known as Avatar Mountains to the foreign visitors, which provides spectacular views of high mountains with various shapes. And you can describe the shapes of the stone peaks at the Zhangjiajie National Forest park with your imagination. You can take the outdoor elevator more than 320 meters in Zhangjiajie. You can see the splendid Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie. Mountains of Zhangjiajie are like a wonderland when they are floating in the mist.



Yangtze River: The best way to explore the Yangtze River is to take the Yangtze River Cruise. You can visit Three Georges of the Yangtze River. You can enjoy the scenery on the both sides of the Yangtze River alongside your cruise. You will see rapid water, steep cliffs, dangerous rapids, jagged rocks and mountains with grotesque shapes. There are many poems written to admire the spectacular and picturesque view of the Three Georges.

Yangtze River


Erhai Lake: Erhai Lake is famous among the visitors from home and abroad. Walking around the Erhai Lake, you can relax yourselves by visiting the beautiful view of Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountain. And you can also cycle around the Erhai Lake Ecological Corridor. And there are many characteristic foods and snacks to taste in Dali, which you should not miss.

Erhai Lake


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